Aviation Elite Units

Aviation Elite Units 41 No 60 Sqn RFC/RAF. 9781849083331

  • No 60 Sqn RFC/RAF. Aviation Elite Units 41
  • Author: Alex Revell Illustrator: Harry Dempsey
  • Paperback; September 2011; 128 pages
  • Witnessing the exploits of pilots like Albert Ball, who scored 20 victories with the unit before his death, it rapidly became one of the most successful fighter units of the war. This book tells the complete story of the unit, from its humble beginnings to the end of the war.

Aviation Elite 36. VF-11/111 ‘Sundowners’ 1942–95

  • VF-11/111 ‘Sundowners’ 1942–95
  • Author: Barrett Tillman, Illustrator: Tom Tullis
  • Pb. 128 pages. Fighting Squadron 11 was established at San Diego in August 1943, beginning a half-century record that spanned aerial combat in three wars from the piston to the jet age. The squadron produced seven aces while fighting in World War 2, Korea and Vietnam. From World War 2 until after the Cold War, the ‘Sundowners’ established an unexcelled record ‘at the tip of the spear’ in naval aviation history. The author, Barrett Tillman, is the world’s most prolific US naval aviation author and he has published over two-dozen titles on the World War 2 period alone.

Aviation Elite 35. No 126 Wing RCAF

  • No 126 Wing RCAF
  • Author: Donald Nijboer Illustrator: Chris Davey
  • Paperback; 128 pages. The success of No 126 Wing began before the D-Day landings and through operations at Falaise Gap, Operation Market Garden, the winter offensive in the Ardennes, and crossing the Rhine into Germany. Donald Nijboer examines the wing’s operations chapter by chapter, demonstrating how the five squadrons of Spitfires of No 126 Wing were self-sufficient in everything they did and how, after the Normandy landings, the ground forces could not move without this valuable support. Squadron and ace biographies and stunning artwork bring this fascinating book to life.

Aviation Elite 33: No 56 Sqn RAF/RFC. Paperback

  • No 56 Sqn RAF/RFC. Paperback; Aviation Elite 33
  • Author: Alex Revell. Illustrator: Harry Dempsey
  • September 2009; 128 pages

Aviation Elite 27: Jagdverband 44. Squadron of Experten. Paperback

  • Jagdverband 44. Squadron of Experten. Aviation Elite Units 27. Paperback
  • Author: Robert Forsyth. Illustrator: Jim Laurier
  • 2008; 128 pages.

Aviation Elite 14. 49th Fighter Group. Aces of the Pacific

  • 49th Fighter Group. Aces of the Pacific. Aviation Elite Units 14
  • by William N. Ness
  • Paperback; September 2002; 128 pages. This book assesses the outstanding performance of the 49th FG, pitted against superior Japanese forces. By VJ-Day the group had scored 668 aerial victories and won three Distinguished Unit Citations and ten campaign stars for its outstanding efforts

Aviation Elite 10. 359th Fighter Group

  • 359th Fighter Group. Aviation Elite Units 10
  • Jack H. Smith. Paperback; September 2002; 128 pages. Nicknamed the 'Unicorns', the 359th FG was one of the last groups to arrive in the UK for service in the ETO with the Eighth Air Force. First seeing action on 13 December 1943, the group initially flew bomber escort sweeps in P-47s, before converting to the ubiquitous P-51 in March/April 1944. Throughout its time in the ETO, the 359th was credited with the destruction of 351 enemy aircraft destroyed between December 1943 and May 1945. The exploits of all 12 aces created by the group are detailed, along with the most significant missions flown. This book also discusses the various markings worn by the group's three squadrons, the 368th, 369th and 370th FSs

Aviation Elite 09. No 43 ‘Fighting Cocks’ Squadron

  • No 43 ‘Fighting Cocks’ Squadron. Aviation Elite Units 9
  • Andy Saunders
  • Paperback; February 2003; 128 pages. This volume deals exclusively with the unit's exploits during WW2, covering its service during the evacuation of Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, as well as the years spent supporting the Allied cause in North Africa and the Mediterranean. Flying Hurricanes from November 1939, and re-equipped with Spitfires in early 1943, 'Fighting Cocks' pilots scored 159 kills during the war and over a dozen of them 'made ace'. This book presents a full picture of the squadron, its men and its aircraft

Aviation Elite 07 354th Fighter Group

  • 354th Fighter Group. Aviation Elite Units 7
  • by William N. Ness
  • ‘I think the success of the 354th as the leading group in the European theatre for aerial victories is due to several things. First was the initial training of the squadrons before deployment to England. Colonel Ken Martin nurtured the group from its infancy, and all the excellence that later showed through could be placed at his doorstep. Despite his youth, he knew how to foster teamwork and demand perfection in flying. There was nothing more important than getting the group off on the right foot. Second, our pilots were taught to fly mutual support, and practised it faithfully. There were no hot pilots in the 354th, only excellent pilots. Third, men like Glenn Eagleston gave advice and warnings about combat tactics and guarding one's tail. This prepared our pilots for lurking dangers, something the other groups may not have done.’ Brigadier General James Howard, Commanding Officer of the 354th Fighter Group